Friday, November 21, 2008

emotional mommy day

So yesterday, Gabe woke up kind of grouchy, and I just assumed that he was still tired because we caught the little boog still up at 11:30pm watching Lady and the Tramp in his room when he should've been sleeping. I mean, who doesn't love Lady and the Tramp, but not at 11:30, and not when you're a child needs 10-12 hours of sleep. So, he's grouchy and kind of laying around all morning. He's kind of hateful when he talks to me. He doesn't like the bacon I fixed, and he's telling me that it hurts his belly. So, it doesn't put me in the best of moods with him.
Well, then chaos consumes our household. Gabe is now at the kitchen table working on his homework for school, and he's whining about it. Chad's brother stops by, so that makes our 120lb boxer dog go crazy, and that sets Graedon off to be loud. It is so loud and crazy at that moment, and I feel Gabe's head, and he is burning up. My foul mood with my son instantly turns to worry mommy mode. Well, I make the chaos worse by telling Gabe that I think he has a fever and that he probably wouldn't be going to school. Oh my goodness, the wrath of a 5 year old awaiting Bingo day at school comes rearing his head out of my son. He is beside himself, and he doesn't want to miss Bingo day and the treasure chest of toys. I get the thermometer, and as soon as I can get it in his mouth, it immediately registers 102. My boys aren't fever kids. I kind of freak, and call my friend who is a nurse practitioner. She says she will see him. I start piecing his symptoms together: fever, upset stomach, he's achy because he is saying his knee and wrist hurts, he didn't eat his breakfast, and that is his fave meal of the day. My grouch 5 year old is a sick guy.
I take him to his appt. with my friend, and she rules out his appendix. I didn't even think of that! So, I am thinking she is going to tell me it's just a stomach bug, and give me some medicine prescription, and we will be on our way. Oh no, she says she wants an X-ray. An X-ray!! I was kind of dumbfounded for minute. Well she continues to explain to me that she thinks he is constipated and that is what is causing his belly to hurt. She wants the X-ray to see how full he is. Okay, I can do that, but still, my little guy has to go to a hospital for his first ever X-ray. (Is it bad that at one point I was a little bummed that I didn't have my camera to take his pic?) Anyway, she continues to tell me that his age is the age that kids can learn to hold it, and then they realize that when they need to go it will hurt, and will hold it longer to the point that they can't go. She says that kids are sometimes sensitive with the whole potty training stage, and I tell her that we had started having him wipe himself, and that he didn't like it. She says she bets that is what started this. I felt awful.
So, we head over to the hospital, and we fill out some paper work and head over the radiology. He even has an admittance band for the hospital.

They take him back and tell me that I can wait where I was. I am assuming that I couldn't go in the room because I had Graedon with me, but I felt awful that he had to go in without me. My Gabe was such a brave guy. They came out and said he was an excellent patient and that he laid very still for them. We were on our way home to await a phone call for his results. It was waiting on my machine by the time I got home. He was full all the way to his lungs! So, we had a prescription for an enema and some powder that we mix in his drinks. Let me just say that I am so thankful that my mom was here to check on all of us, and to be my support and instructor with the enema. Gabe was a trooper. He did awesome. It did what it was supposed to do, but he had to throw up as well. Immediately after, he said his belly felt a lot better. Poor guy.

A few phone calls later of people checking on him, a crying emotional release for me, and another round of ibuprofen for his fever, I headed out for this:
We played until time for bed. Now, all I need is a treasure chest of toys for him to choose from for when he wins.

I laughed out loud.

"You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you Hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you little dirt-bags!"

Thank you Loni for posting this and making me laugh for the day. I needed it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'm tired

It has been one of those days (acutally the past 3 days), where all I want to do is curl up in some comfy clothes, a big blanket and just sleep with the TV on. I am chilled and tired, and I just can't seem to get enough sleep. I know I am a night owl, and I have a tendency of staying up too late, but my goodness, I feel rather exhausted. I hope I am not trying to get sick, and that my late nights are just catching up to me.

In other news, Chad and I have begun looking at house plans and land to possibly start the process of building a home. We're really excited and just kind of stunned that it is a reality that we could build our own home. It definitely is just in the "thought process" stages as of now, but hopefully it will start happening sooner rather than later.

I've also been busy getting some fun Christmas projects ready for me and the boys to do together in the next week. Gabe is really excited. He loves crafts, especially anything with painting or taping. Hopefully Graedon will cooperate well. He's getting better at having more patience and actually trying to do what you want him to. We'll see how it goes.

Have a happy week everyone! Hopefully I will get my energy back soon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Our Top Ten-Feeling Scrappy Challenge

Over on the Feeling Scrappy blog, there was a great contest to complete a layout about a person you are grateful for or love. You were to list 10 reasons why you feel the way you do. I decided to construct my layout about Chad (my husband) and my relationship. Check it out below.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween Stuff

So, I have neglected to post about some of our Halloween activities. Things are always a little crazy around Halloween because my birthday falls on the 29th, and we always take time to all get together with my family. This year was a bit different because I had to take Graedon to the doctor twice the week of Halloween. Just a bit busier than usual. All-in-all, we had a great Halloween.

We usually get together the Sunday before Halloween and do our annual family pumpkin carving. This is one of my favorite things to do. It's just fun and messy, and they always turn out so good!
Gabe trick-or-treated as a vampire with a purple face. He says it's like the vampire from Scooby Doo. My niece Taylor went as Miley Cyrus, not Hannah Montana. And here is Chad sporting a sweet stash.

We also trunk-or-treated with our church's kids club, and Gabe went as Darth Vader and Graedon would only wear his kitty cat ears. I had a few Halloween themed shirts for him, so he wore his glow-in-the-dark skeleton one that night. He actually fell asleep on Halloween night so he didn't get to trick-or-treat that night. He loved it though!

Here is Gabe as Darth Vader again for his school parade. It was kind of fun that he had 2 costumes. He only had the Darth Vader one because it was a one piece, and I got it so that he could have black pants for his vampire shirt and cape to go over. He liked Darth Vader so much, that he wanted to wear it for his school Halloween party and parade. I was happy that I didn't have to paint his face purple for the school costume, so it worked out great that I had bought Darth Vader.

Here is his class. They have some great costumes, and it is just fun to see them all dressed up.
I will also add that we have so much candy that it is ridiculous. I cannot believe how much they got. Does anyone need any?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History has been made.

I was moved to tears last night while watching President-Elect Obama make his speech. We have come so far. Our country needs change, and I truly feel this man is that change we need. I do not understand why people feel that our country is worse off now that he is our leader. I do not understand why people are afraid. You have to have faith; faith in our country, faith in us as a united people, and faith that God has a plan. I do not know how Obama will be as a President, but I do have faith that he is a good and Godly man, and that God is in charge.

I am no expert on politics, and I will never claim to be. I am just one small voice, but I am hopeful and encouraged by Mr. Obama, and I feel that he is hearing the small voices. Please, no matter your political views, view him as a man that loves our country and as a man who is fighting to do good here in America. Educate yourselves in his plans and policies, and support our leader!

You can find a link below to his speech last night in Chicago. Please listen.

Yes We Can!

No matter your political views, it all comes down to being a united people. I am so proud to be an American at this very moment, that we can overcome our history's past and make a play for our future. There will be change. We can have change. We have made great strides as a country this evening, and I am looking forward to the next 4 years. I have hope! I am inspired, and I am encouraged. Thank you to all who voted, and please continue to do so! Stand tall and be proud that we are the greatest country in this world. We can continue to be the great country that we are! Yes we can!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Colts vs. Patriots

Chad and I will be seeing this team in action today at Lucas Oil Stadium at 8:15pm! Are you ready for some football?!?!?! We are so pumped!


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